THE WORKERS' PARTY OF IRELAND

Tynan calls for massive state job creation initiative

WP CALL FOR MASSIVE JOB CREATION INITIATIVE FROM STATE

 

MORE JOBS GONE TODAY AT CORK & WATERFORD

Cllr. Ted Tynan
Councillor Ted Tynan

The Workers’ Party have warned that unless urgent and immediate large-scale job creation measures, including direct creation by the government of jobs, are undertaken the country will suffer irrevocable economic disaster.

 

Cork Workers Party councillor Ted Tynan said that a state jobs initiative is absolutely vital and that the government cannot afford to wait for the private sector to recover its confidence.  “There are plenty of urgent tasks that need to be done in this country.  We are in the grip of a housing crisis with tens of thousands of families who need to be housed.  The country is full of dilapidated and inadequate schools and our natural resources are being pillaged by multinationals”. 

 

Councillor Tynan was speaking in the wake of the confirmation by the Taoiseach this morning that unemployment here now stands at 11.9% with 413,500 people now signing on the dole.   In addition to this there have been major redundancy announcements this week including 140 jobs at Smurfit Kappa in Cork and almost 300 jobs at ABB and Bausch and Lomb in Waterford.

 

 “Instead of threatening to cut social welfare and impose even more vicious cuts in public services such as health and education, the government needs to create jobs for hundreds of thousands of people.  The private sector will not do this and are waiting for the economic tide to turn.   Unemployed people and those in danger of losing their jobs cannot afford to wait for an upturn.  Action must be taken now and the best way to stimulate the economy is to get people back to work.  The state cannot abdicate its responsibility in this area”, said Cllr. Tynan.

 

Issued Wednesday 1st July 2009.

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